Hot Links: Sun City West Shooting, Muhammad Ali, and Hockey

Police are investigating an early-morning shooting in Sun City West. Police say three men knocked on the door of a house, exchanged words with a man believed to be the homeowner, and then fired several shots at the man. He was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition...Two female junior high students from Mesa who were missing since Wednesday have been found and returned to their parents. Shawntaea Amos, 13, and Diamond Blanton, 14, were last seen about two miles from their school. Police did not say where the missing girls had been...Legendary boxer Muhammad Ali attended the opening of an expanded Phoenix institute that treats Parkinson's Disease on Thursday. The center, the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center, was opened by Ali, who cut the red tape and then toured the facility...The former IT director for Higley Unified School District says the allegations that he installed software to spy for extra-terrestrials on school computers are untrue. The former IT director, Brad Niesluchowski, says he resigned after he felt the current administration was making IT plans that didn't include him...

The Central Hockey League, a minor hockey league with 15 teams, is scouting the East Valley for a new team. The organization, based in Tempe, is in talks with Mesa and Scottsdale about building a multipurpose ice arena and organizing a team. One of the more successful CHL franchises, the Arizona Sundogs, is based in Prescott Valley...Arizona's waiting list for subsidies to assist working parents with child-care has hit 10,000 people. The state's budget deficit has caused nearly $60 million in cuts for child-care subsidies this year. Bruce Liggett, executive director of the Arizona Child Care Association, says that nobody will really get off the waiting list, referring to it as a "turn-away list" instead.   

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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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